Wearing Socks With Sandals


What kind of lunatic wears socks with sandals? The Wikiworm consults Wikipedia to see what it has to say on this important topic…

Wearing socks with sandals is a controversial fashion combination and cultural phenomenon that is discussed in various countries and cultures. It is sometimes considered a fashion faux pas.

The earliest evidence of wearing socks in sandals is documented at the archaeological site between Dishforth and Leeming in North Yorkshire, England. The discovery suggests that the Romans wore socks with sandals at least 2000 years ago.

In 2010, the newspaper Daily Telegraph reported that wearing socks in sandals were acceptable fashion for spring/summer of that year.

Wearing socks in sandals is considered rather unaesthetic in the Czech Republic, however, some people prefer socks in sandals and a part of the population prefer both the options (sandals with and without socks).

According to Brian Shea of The Evening Sun, wearing socks in sandals is popular among the older generation and Germans. Britons are, according to The China Post, “famed for fashion blunders like wearing socks with sandals”.

The football player David Beckham and the singer Justin Bieber have been mocked for wearing socks with sandals by the British tabloid newspaper Daily Mail.

Saurabh Bhatia, the author of the book Indian Corporate Etiquette, advises readers: “If … you are not wearing socks with sandals, ensure your toes are clean and your toe-nails are closely clipped”. Joshua Belter, the author of The Book of Rules: The Right Way to Do Everything, points out that wearing socks with sandals negatively influences the process of cooling the feet.


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3 thoughts on “Wearing Socks With Sandals

  1. fitquit@hotmail.com'
    November 29, 2014 at 16:44

    Socks with sandals are seen as acceptable Autumn, Winter, Spring wear in the Pacific Northwest and Coastal British Columbia. Any divisions are between sport sandals and Birkenstocks.

  2. george.jansen55@gmail.com'
    November 29, 2014 at 23:14

    I had always thought that Britons wore socks with sandals. In the US, the practice seems to be limited to persons who find plain vegetarianism too lax, and limit themselves to some subset or other of plants or methods of preparation.

  3. Worm
    December 1, 2014 at 09:31

    Let us all agree that it’s the germans who are responsible for this unspeakable evil.

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